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Commissioners OK hour change at branch

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Beginning Jan. 11, 2010, Clay County residents will see a change in the hours at the Clay City License Branch, 6 Main St., Clay City.

On Thursday, the Clay County Commissioners unanimously approved a measure to change the schedule for which the branch is open.

Commissioner Paul Sinders said he had discussed the change with branch manager Karol Stephens and changes were made to "increase revenue."

"It's hurting that people can go online to do business," Sinders said. "It's holding pretty steady, but we need to increase revenue."

Beginning Jan. 11, the Clay City branch will be open Mondays, from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. In addition, the branch will be open Tuesdays, from 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Thursdays, from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., and Friday, from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. The branch will be closed Wednesday and Saturday.

Currently, the branch is closed Mondays, but is open Tuesdays, from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Wednesdays, from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays, from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturdays, from 8:30 a.m.-noon.

"(The Clay City License Branch) is a unique animal in the state," Sinders said at Thursday's meeting. "It was closed by the state a few years ago."

Despite the closure, which was decided on based on the volume of customers and included several license branches statewide, Sinders said the commissioners -- after discussion with state officials -- managed to have the branch reopened.

On Thursday, he added the state "gave its blessing" for the branch to be open on Mondays. To the best of Sinders' knowledge, the Clay City branch will be the only one open on Mondays throughout the area.

"We'd like to try this, at least on a trial basis," Sinders said. "But nothing is concrete."

Commissioner Charlie Brown motioned to move forward with the plan, with Commissioner Jack Wither providing the second.

Sinders said the branch is not in trouble as far as revenue, but officials would like to see more coming in.

"The revenue is there, but it's not as strong as we want it to be," he said. "But as expenses increase, the revenue is not increasing. If you continue in this direction, sooner than later, you will deplete your balance.

"We have a balance now, but eventually, we could not have a working balance. With (the branch) being open on Monday, we're hoping to draw people in."

Sinders said employee hours will stay the same. Currently, the branch is open only 38 hours each week.

"It's just a change of the days," Sinders said.

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"It's hurting that people can go online to do business," Sinders said. WHAT? The fact that taxpayers can save money by going online to purchase plates is a bad thing? By the way, why is our county tax dollars subsidizing a license branch in Clay City anyway? This makes no sense right now. If they feel the need to increase revenue by charging more, or staying open longer, then they need to close. Also, did you notice your county income taxes went up recently? Did they vote on that at 1AM like congress did health care?

-- Posted by tenspeed1984 on Mon, Dec 21, 2009, at 7:45 PM

Not everyone has access to or knows how to use a computer. Clay City has a large population of older people that need to have the License Branch close so they don't have to travel 30-40 miles to do their business. When Mitch and his buddies started closing branches a few years ago, all of the closings were in rural communities. They actually opened new ones in the more affluent areas north of Indy. Come on people, utilize the license branch in Clay City. Help keep the workers there off the unemployment line and keep a resource for the community.

-- Posted by virginiagrace on Tue, Dec 22, 2009, at 2:29 AM

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